Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of December 15, 2015

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This week sees new manga releases from Kodansha Comics, Seven Seas Entertainment, Vertical Comics, VIZ Media, and Yen Press.

Yowamushi Pedal Volume 1 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Yen Press’ release of Yowamushi Pedal Volume 1.

Yowamushi Pedal Volume 1 by Wataru Watanabe
Yen Press – MSRP: $23.99 Get it for $20.25 on Amazon!

For the love of all things otaku — anime, video games, figures, you name it — power-pedaling Sakamichi Onoda has long been conquering the steepest slopes and regularly making the 90-kilometer round-trip to Akihabara on a granny bike. But when his bike commute to his new high school lands him in a confrontation with the serious first-year road racer Imaizumi, Onoda has a major showdown on his hands. Can this meek geek really out-pedal the future ace of the school road-racing team?

The other new manga releases coming out this week are:

Afterschool Charisma Volume 11 by Kumiko Suekane
VIZ Media – MSRP: $12.99

Twin boys from Clone Nightingale’s distant past are planning to attack the academy, bent on avenging their mother’s death. But their plot goes awry, and the brothers are separated. The younger twin attempts to abduct Nightingale, who is now at large. The incident sparks a chain of events that sends all of the clones toward disaster.

Aldnoah.Zero Season One Volume 1 by Olympus Knights
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Years after a great war was waged between those who migrated to Mars and those who chose to remain on Earth, humanity hangs in the ravaged aftermath.

Attack on Titan Volume 17 by Hajime Isayama Regular Edition | Special Edition with DVD
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99 | $19.99

Thanks to Rod Reiss, Eren finally knows the terrible truth behind how he acquired his Titan powers, and the depth of his father’s crimes. The king orders his daughter Historia to kill Eren and restore the power of the Titans to its rightful place, but she chooses her own selfish path: survival. As the cavern crumbles around the Survey Corps, Eren must make another last-minute decision, with the lives of all his friends in the balance.

Barakamon Volume 8 by Satsuki Yoshino
Yen Press – MSRP: $14.99

This time in Barakamon, Miwa and the gang leave the island on their school trip. Meanwhile, Hiroshi-or rather, Kuroshi-tries to prepare for an interview, and handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa gets ready for his first-ever island-wide broadcast. But in the middle of all of this bustle comes the sudden appearance of an ambulance.

Black Bullet Volume 2 by Shiden Kanzaki
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

The monstrous mutants created by the Gastrea virus have driven humanity to the brink of extinction. The only thing keeping them out of Tokyo are the giant Monoliths that surround the city and the efforts of civil security officers like Rentaro and Enju. But when they accept a strange mission from the Ministry of Defense, they uncover a plot by Kagetane Hiruko that could end in the destruction of humanity.

Bloody Cross Volume 9 by Shiwo Komeyama
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Nao’s sacrifice has proven his loyalties once and for all, and in the smoldering wake of his subordinate’s final effort, Tsuzuki must regroup and reassess before the next Crusade begins. The struggle to glean information from the prophecy books continues, and what the angel learns next casts a dark shadow over his campaign. Satsuki may not have been the worst of his enemies in the fray, and with Tsukimiya brainwashed, who will fight for Tsuzuki’s cause?

Chaika: The Coffin Princess Volume 3 by Ichirou Sakaki
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Chaika’s true mission — as well as her true identity — is revealed at long last. In the face of these revelations, will Toru’s resolve to help Chaika crumble?

Demon From Afar Volume 5 by Kaori Yuki
Yen Press – MSRP: $17.99

Backed into a corner with no way out, Sorath glimpses a fleeting glimmer of hope. But what does it hold for him? At the “Ziggurat,” the giant broadcasting tower everyone has been talking about, Etsurou’s true identity is revealed as. Sorath is stunned by the reappearance of the best friend he thought he had killed, and by the traps Garan proceeds to set for him. What will Sorath do when Garan’s machinations break up his team?

Dorohedoro Volume 17 by Q Hayashida
VIZ Media – MSRP: $12.99

In a city so dismal it’s known only as “the Hole,” a clan of Sorcerers has been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious “experiments” in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they’re hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they’ll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of “cleaners” into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds. Deep in the Hole, the survivors of En’s family continue their mission to revive their slain leader with some “enhanced interrogation” of a Cross-Eye member. The rest of the Cross-Eyes finally come face-to-face with their long-lost boss. And Risu, Asu, and an even more powerful Nikaido find themselves on a surprisingly dangerous quest: getting her gyoza business up and running again.

Emma Volume 3 by Kaoru Mori
Yen Press – MSRP: $34.99

Despite each resolving to put the other from their minds, Emma and William’s unexpected meeting has rekindled the embers of their love for each other. Though with William engaged to the daughter of a viscount — an ideal match in society’s view — the two will face many difficult decisions and unbending opposition if they wish to pursue a future together. Mrs. Trollop is sympathetic to their plight, but even though she is fond of Emma and wishes every happiness for her son, she knows firsthand how unforgiving the upper classes can be to those who do not adhere to their standards.

Fairy Tail Volume 51 by Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

The black magic cult Avatar’s plans to summon Zeref are well underway, but their Operation Purify will cost countless lives. To stop them, Gray joins forces with Erza and infiltrates Avatar, while Zeref the Black Wizard reveals another piece of his shocking past. Finally, after a year of being apart, Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Gray, and Erza return as Fairy Tail’s strongest team. Can their bravery and bonds of friendship stand against Avatar?

He’s My Only Vampire Volume 5 by Aya Shouoto
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Acquiring a third Stigma took a heavy toll on Aki’s body. To help him recuperate, Kana and the others plan a trip to a cozy hot-spring resort deep in the mist-shrouded mountains. Little do they know, this outing will open the sinister door of Aki’s “original sin,” and his hidden past will finally come to light.

Kiss Him, Not Me Volume 2 by Junko
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

When I go to school every day, it feels like I’m walking into a real life dating game. Four of the hottest guys in my school are with me everywhere I go. The school festival is coming up and I’ve been put in charge of making the boys outfits for a cosplay café. Do you know what this means? That’s right, I get to see them all in costume. I have lived for this day, and this day alone. I’m brimming with excitement to go full-throttle fujoshi on those boys. But last night before the festival, Igarashi-kun was acting kind of weird. And now, it’s the day of the event and crazy things keep happening to me with these four beautiful boys.

LDK Volume 2 by Ayu Watanabe
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Aoi appears to finally be coming to terms with her feelings for Shusei. But before she can come to a conclusion, she witnesses a shocking scene between Shusei and a beautiful woman. However, it turns out that Shusei is not the only one who’s popular with the opposite sex, as a younger rival enters the fray and vies for Aoi’s attention. One boy is enough headache, but what will Aoi do with two gorgeous boys as love interests?

Mayo Chiki! Omnibus Volumes 1-3 by Hajime Asano
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $19.99

Kinjiro Sakamachi is a “normal” 17-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occasional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control until now.

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan Volume 10 by Nagaru Tanigawa
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Between the SOS Brigade, the Sasaki Brigade, the Nagato household, and the members of the Agency, the 10th volume of Haruhi and friends is more crowded than ever. Between dream interpretation, high school hijinks, and popularity contests, it’s everything you would expect from Haruhi–and less, and more, and–well, you know.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 12 by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $29.95

The saga of Amuro continues in volume 12 of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin.

Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi Volume 1 by HaccaWorks
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Sheltered Yue, born and raised in a Shinto shrine, is forbidden from leaving the shrine grounds he and a number of other curious residents call home. One day Yue breaks the rules and wanders down the mountain and into a winter festival. As he takes in the sights and sounds of the human gathering, all the people making merry appear in a uniform guise to Yue’s eyes – that of black bestial shadows, until he crosses paths with two human boys, Tsubaki and Akiyoshi. Intrigued by their unique, individual appearances, Yue is eager to make friends with them. However, upon his return home, the shrine goddess informs him that he may pursue these friendships, but only in preparation for the “meal” – for which he must select one of his two new friends as the main course.

Pandora Hearts Volume 23 by Jun Mochizuki
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

The cogs of destiny guide Oz, Alice, and Gil to the final chapter. Someone once said that what awaited them at the end was all-encompassing darkness that would swallow their world whole. But never was the possibility of a warm glimmer of hope just beyond the dark, waiting to pierce through the shadows, disavowed.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie -Rebellion- Volume 1 by Magica Quartet
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

With Madoka Kaname’s sacrifice, the hopeless cycle that once bound every magical girl to a terrible fate was broken at last. Still, the magical girls fight on against the dark magics that threaten the human world, which remains ignorant of the brave girl who saved them. Only Homura remembers her dear friend Madoka, a burden she has borne in all her battles. Then how is Homura still going to school with Madoka, fighting alongside her, laughing as if nothing has happened?

Puella Magi Suzune Magica Volume 2 by Magica Quartet
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Suzune Amano is a hard-working middle school student, but her ever-smiling face conceals a dark secret — that she’s a magical-girl assassin. As the magical girls of the town are picked off one after another, the remaining few fall into despair. In their darkest hour, what path must these girls take?

Rose Guns Days Season 1 Volume 2 by Ryukishi07
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Having been thwarted by the Rose, Leo, and the Primavera gang in his attempt to gain control over District Twenty-Three, the mafia boss Alfred lies low, and a time of new found peace follows. But when Alfred recuperates from their last showdown, his dirty tactics threaten to turn the whole district into a battlefield.

Say I Love You. Volume 11 by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Yamato Kurosaki and Mei Tachibana have spent their second Christmas together, where they were able to forge a deeper connection. Mei and the group are now beginning their third year of high school. As the new term starts, everyone wonders and worries about where life will take them after graduation, but their daily lives are about to be interrupted by a strange new student who enrolls at the school.

The Secret Sakura Shares by Akira Hagio
Yen Press – MSRP: $19.99

Aoi Narinomiya, the last daughter of a prestigious family, suddenly finds herself the “pet” of the rebellious Kei Katsurai in order to repay her grandfather’s debts.

Sunshine Sketch Volume 8 by Ume Aoki
Yen Press – MSRP: $16.99

It’s out with the old and in with the new as another school year brings Sae and Hiro’s graduation. But will they have to move out of the Hidamari Apartments? With Yuno now in her third year, the upperclassmen aren’t the only ones who have to face the future head-on. What will timid Yuno do without her dear friends? And when a new first year, Matsuri, moves into the apartment building, and as old friends make way for the new, will Yuno find herself giving advice instead of being on the receiving end?

Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishiada
VIZ Media – MSRP: $12.99

Kaneki meets Shu Tsukiyama, known as The Gourmet for his interesting and sadistic tastes. And Kaneki learns more about what happened to Rize and what it means to be a One-Eyed Ghoul.

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